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Throwback! "And they rounded the Cape of Good Hope..." ⚓️ I scored an A1 in O'Level History but can't, for the life of me, remember who rounded the Cape of Good Hope. 🤔 All I remember is that I thought it sounded so exotic.
So when we found ourselves in South Africa, I wanted to see it. It's a drive out from Cape Town and an easy hike with gorgeous views. I remember seeing wild ostriches by the beach!
But it isn't the Southernmost point of the African continent. So this sparked a new adventure: the quest to find the actual Southernmost tip! 🚗💨 The best thing about having no plans on the road is that you make up plans along the way.

And we did get there... Cape Agulhas! 😍 Where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean... 🌊
My textbooks did come alive during my world travels, especially Geography! 🌍
Missing the road so much.
#throwback #capeofgoodhope #capetown #southafrica #travel #wanderlust #history #beyondtheclassroom #backpacking #worldtravels #bucketlist #adventuresof2girls
User Image ning.thing Posted: Sep 10, 2017 9:15 AM (UTC)
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So thankful for the fact that despite having backpacked together for 9 whole months (PMS is very real), we're still close after all these years and haven't murdered each other along the way. Yet. Love ya BFF! 😂

#RepostSave @pamela_ho with @repostsaveapp ・・・ She's always up to something so there's always something to catch up on. Like who would've guessed she'd be acting in a Ch8 show and speaking Cantonese? 🤔And that's just the tip of the iceberg! @ning.thing
#friendship #BFF #adventuresof2girls
User Image pamela_ho Posted: Sep 8, 2017 12:01 PM (UTC)
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She's always up to something so there's always something to catch up on. Like who would've guessed she'd be acting in a Ch8 show and speaking Cantonese? 🤔And that's just the tip of the iceberg! @ning.thing
#friendship #BFF #adventuresof2girls
User Image pamela_ho Posted: Sep 3, 2017 6:57 AM (UTC)
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Throwback! Six years ago today, I arrived in Casablanca. I'd been on the road for 6 months at this point. Casablanca was the port of entry into Morocco, my gateway to the Sahara Desert.
Whatever romantic notions I had of Casablanca flew out the window the moment I stepped out on the streets. Harassment from male strangers left, right & centre.
The first cafe we stepped into for breakfast was like an all-men's club. Were we welcomed? Did we need a male chaperone? 👀 All those eyes on us.

Thank God for Wafaa, this lovely waitress (top left) who made us feel at home, chatting with us in French. 🙏🏼✨ But once we stepped back out, boomz.

Walked... a lot... and Casablanca isn't exactly a walking kinda city. Then the incident at the medina, the gypsy kids outside the Hassan II Mosque etc.

I was beyond grumpy. Until we stumbled upon Rick's Cafe. 🌴 It was beyond our budget and beyond silly at this point to hold on to any romantic notions of Casablanca... but ooh, the movie, the Moroccan mint tea, the tiles, the waiters with their ridiculously cute fez!
I would go back to Morocco. I think it's different when you're leaving from Singapore fresh than when you've been 6 months on the road and stumbling into the country, travel weary.
These images (which popped up on my FB feed today) just served to remind me how much I miss the road - the good, the bad & the ugly.
#throwback #casablanca #morocco #travel #wanderlust #adventuresof2girls
The busy BFF finally had time for me 🤣 Met her at the Esplanade where she's got an interview later for her mag. There were some retro games at our table; learnt from Pam Pam that not all "five stones" are made equal. The set we had got her approval because it had the right fabric and amount of cloth, correct weight of heavy beans, and were the perfect size. Take notes folks! Miss Ho will be giving a masterclass soon 😏
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#bff #friendship #adventuresof2girls #a2g #pamelaho #ningcai #oldschool #retro #5stones #fivestones #foodie #food #foodporn #oldschooldelights
User Image pamela_ho Posted: Aug 11, 2017 12:04 AM (UTC)
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Postcard from Oxford! 🇬🇧 Drawing by JRR Tolkien for The Hobbit (1937), one of my favourite books growing up. 📖☕️ Thanks, BFF @ning.thing! You always have a way of making me smile. Splendid. 🤓

#postcard #youvegotmail #jkktolkien #thehobbit #artwork #literature #friendship #BFF #adventuresof2girls
I don't like going to town, especially on the weekends, but I'm here at Kinokuniya to support the BFF @ning.thing as she & fellow magician John Teo talk about their book on creativity, Game of Thoughts. 🎩🐰✨ Interesting session!
Nice to bump into old friends, especially May ~ whom we had some pretty unforgettable adventures with when she was based in Vegas working for Cirque du Soliel! 😏 Asha Popatlal, wru?
#friendship #adventuresof2girls #gameofthoughts #books #author
User Image pamela_ho Posted: Apr 28, 2017 9:57 AM (UTC)
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Had coffee with Dawn Farnham, author of the book I'm currently reading. She actually lived in Singapore for over a decade and was a docent with the Peranakan Museum.
What did we talk about? Writing historical fiction of course! I think this genre hooks the journalist in me ~ provided it's very well-researched and risk-taking in terms of storytelling. I find that the more I read within this genre, the more demanding I am of an author! 😅
I had to stop Dawn from revealing too much cos I'm only at p.155, but I got an insight into her writing process. It was fun! She's doing her PhD in Creative Writing now.
#dawnfarnham #historicalfiction #singlit #buysinglit #monsoonbooks #thestraitsquartet #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #singapore #adventuresof2girls #marshallcavendish
User Image ning.thing Posted: Apr 20, 2017 2:55 AM (UTC)
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Thank you @sgwritersfest for having me on the panel at last night's SWF POP. During my book signing/ meet and greet, I had plenty of questions from women about travel writing. It's so heartening to know so many desire to write and explore the world! Truly thankful too that my books SOLD OUT at the event! Wish you were there BFF... they'd loved to meet you too! #adventuresof2girls couldn't have happened without you ❤ @pamela_ho #sgwritersfest #swfpop #ningcai #whoismagicbabening #a2g #magicienne #gameofthoughts
User Image pamela_ho Posted: Apr 2, 2017 4:18 AM (UTC)
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The uncanny thing is, while I'm reading this novel #Molokai by Alan Brennert, old photos I posted on FB in 2011 are surfacing daily. It was exactly 6 years ago, this time in March, that I set foot on the island of Moloka'i.
Pull of the place. Pull of the book. As I always say, the book chooses you. You can never explain it.
I took these photos. Most of them at the main town of Kaunakakai, a short drive from where we were staying - three 'heights' from Molokai Shores, in an address-less house owned by Jake Shimabukuro's grandma.
A very laid-back island, with only a domestic airport. Very much like Hawaii in the 1950s, we were told by a dear Hawaiian friend.
I did not expect it, but I fell madly in love with Moloka'i and hope to return here soon ~ if the universe conspires.
#molokai #kaunakakai #hawaii #travel #wanderlust #adventuresof2girls #throwback #uncanny #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #rainbows
User Image pamela_ho Posted: Mar 30, 2017 7:35 AM (UTC)
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Caught up with the BFF over lunch. Omg most interesting conversation we've had in years. I need some excitement in my life, I swear! 🙈😜😏😅 Missed you, magic ham.
#BFF #friendship #adventuresof2girls #conversations #magicham #unexpectedmadness #latergram
User Image pamela_ho Posted: Mar 30, 2017 2:16 AM (UTC)
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Throwback! Hanging with the @koalohaukulele guys on Big Island, Hawaii 🌴🌊 six years ago.
They were there on a "build" (workshops for locals) and we stayed with them at an old plantation house near Hilo, eating local Hawaiian food cooked by the families ~ like poi, and roasting a pig they caught in the ground at a lūʻau!
Visited a #koa plantation on ATVs. Koa wood is used to make #ukuleles in Hawaii, it's native to the islands and gives the ukulele a clear bright sound.
Lots of "talking story" on the porch. 🤙🏼 People there aren't glued to their cell phone screens like in Singapore.
Big Island is an active volcanic island, as in, there's lava flows and volcanic eruptions happening constantly. Visited the National Park and explored devastation trails which are now barren landscapes covered with ropey grey rocks of solidified lava.
Was fascinated by the lava tubes ~ large tunnels like underground caves dripping with rain and groundwater, carved by lava flow. Geography alive!
Three weeks of island life on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Big Island with our Hawaiian ohana. How do you not miss those days?
#throwbackthursday #throwback #tbt #koalohaukulele #koaloha #ukulele #koa #bigisland #hilo #hawaii #islandlife #travel #wanderlust #adventuresof2girls
User Image ning.thing Posted: Dec 24, 2016 12:29 PM (UTC)
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Proud to be part of the Women's Register committee at SCWO (Singapore Council of Women's Organisations). Some of my awesome teammates dropped off the Christmas presents we collected for the Secret Sisters project this year. Here's a picture of some of the ladies at one of the charity homes with my book Adventures of 2 Girls, a true story about daring to dream! #christmas #payitforward #charity #scwo #sg #a2g #adventuresof2girls
User Image ning.thing Posted: Dec 8, 2016 3:20 AM (UTC)
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My first book Adventures of 2 Girls with my BFF @pamela_ho was birthed after our crazy backpacking trip around the world. These 100 signed copies will soon be making their way to two homes... shelters for abused women and underprivileged children... I sincerely hope our words will serve in inspiring them ❤ #adventuresof2girls #a2g #ningcai #ningthing #travel #book #writing #christmas
User Image ning.thing Posted: Nov 8, 2016 3:01 PM (UTC)
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So very touched that a young reader who bought my new books last weekend at the Singapore Writers Festival loved them enough to head out to the bookstore to find my other titles! Thank you sayang ❤ #swf2016 #a2g #adventuresof2girls #pamelaho #ningcai #ningthing
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Bought this book written by @ning.thing amd Pamela at a nearest bookstore since I finished reading Magicianne and Game Of Thoughts. 😍😍😍💓💓💓 Those two books are defo amazing(especially Magicianne, I'm totally in love with it omg)!!! Anyway, hope to see Ning Cai again so I can get her signature for this book too-- 😂😂😂
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Throwback! Sharing about travel and writing with biz undergrads (world travel & tourism) at Singapore Management University. ✈️🎒📝 Confident & articulate bunch of kids, who asked many good questions. I totally enjoyed myself! 😊 Thanks to SMU adjunct lecturer Aaron Hung from @TripAdvisor for the invite! 📷: @lemonfin
#throwbackthursday #throwback #tbt #travel #tourism #worldtravel #business #smu #sharing #writing #travelwriting #workingwriter #lovewhatido #adventuresof2girls #singapore